Visiting South Iceland

Flúðir is the only village in the municipality of Hrunamannahreppur, which abuts Árnessýsla in South Iceland. The population of the district is only around 900 but a lot of tourists go through there, especially Flúðir. It has the biggest camping site in Iceland on the banks of the river Litla-Laxá, two swimming pools, many hotels and plenty of greenhouses, after all the area is rich in geothermal energy. Hrunamannahreppur is one of the biggest producers of milk in Iceland.

Flúðir is 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Reykjavík, whether you go through Þingvellir National Park or along Highway 1, via Selfoss. At Flúðir you are a short distance away from one of Iceland’s most famous waterfall Gullfoss, the stunning Geysir which hurls a steaming jet of water up to 30 meters (100 feet) into the air every six to ten minutes or the National Park of Þingvellir, a natural beauty and the site of Iceland’s parliament from the 10th to 18th centuries. Flúðir is also a good starting point to visit the Highlands and the volcano Hekla.

The church Hrunakirkja, built in 1865, right outside Flúðir

The beautiful and green Hrunamannahreppur

A horse enjoying the summer weather at Hruni

Cycling in Flúðir

The biggest camping site in Iceland is on the banks of the river Litla-Laxá at the center of Flúðir

Gamla laugin/Secret Lagoon in Flúðir, oldest swimming pool in Iceland (1891)

Photographs & text : Páll Stefánsson
Biskupstungur 29/07/2023 : A7R IV, A7C : FE 1.4/24mm GM, FE 2.8/100mm GM